Types of EB-5 Investments
There are 2 types of EB-5 investment, investing directly in a company or through a USCIS designated regional center, such as the Admiralty Regional Centers.
• Investing directly – The investor makes a direct investment of at least US$1,800,000 (or US$900,000 in a Targeted Employment Area) in a company that creates jobs through the direct hiring of at least 10 employees.
• Investing through USCIS designated regional center – The USCIS Regional Center Pilot Program makes the EB-5 investment process easier for the foreign investors. For that reason, we believe over 90% of all EB-5 investments are made via Regional Centers. The USCIS designated regional centers are permitted to pool multiple investors together and can count direct jobs, as well as “indirect” and “induced” jobs, in calculating the total number of jobs created. Indirect jobs are those created in businesses that supply goods or services to the EB-5 project. Induced jobs are jobs created within the greater community as a result of income being spent by EB-5 project employees. Similar to direct investments, an investment in TEAs lowers the initial investment amount to US$900,000.